Men's Golf Q&A: Clay Feagler

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Sophomore men's golfer Clay Feagler tells us about his recent success, including his victory at the Prestige at PGA West, and what that means for himself and the team going forward:

Clay  Feagler

Q: What's your mindset going into each tournament?
My mindset in the fall was to just play well but I didn't end up having a very good season. My mindset now is to go out and actually try to win.

Q: How do you warm up at the beginning of a tournament?

A: My routine starts with eating breakfast, going to the putting green and then going to the chipping green. I don't like to warm up too much because then I'll get too tired for the first round.

Q: You've had an excellent spring season so far, what's working for you?

A: Confidence has really helped. After my win at the Prestige, my confidence was really boosted. I haven't changed my stroke or anything but just knowing that I am capable of not only competing but winning has really helped.

Q: What did you change from the fall to the spring season?

A: Golf-wise I didn't change anything, but I really adjusted my mental approach. I not only want to play well but to win. Having people beside me who have the shared belief in my abilities as I do has really helped with my success.

Q: What did it mean to win your first college tournament?

A: One of my biggest of accomplishments ever, especially in college. It didn't sink in until I got home because I was still in shock. It really meant a lot, though, because that's what I'm here for, I'm here to compete and to win both individually and as a team.

Q: What was most memorable about that win?

A: The birdie on 17 by far. I had 60 feet and I made it. It felt so good to make a clutch putt to win the tournament. God was definitely shining down on me in that moment and it felt amazing.

Q: The most recent event, the Southern Highlands Collegiate, is one of the best tournaments in the country each year, so how did it feel to do so well at that one?    

A: It's always nice to do well at a great event. I tied for 20th last year and followed up this year with a tie for third. Based off my recent success this season, the extra confidence is definitely what helped me.

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish during the rest of the season?

A: The team goal would be to get to match play at NCAAs. That has always been a dream of mine, to compete as a team and win a national championship. Personally, I just want to keep on the path that I'm currently on and see how I can progress. My main focus is on the team and doing whatever I can to contribute to the whole team's success.

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